Inspiration Insider - Mel Storey Scott, aka The Lean Lawyer!
It has been a while since our last Inspiration Insider feature but it's coming back and I have a few interesting features coming up, including today's guest - Mel Storey Scott, aka The Lean Lawyer.
I first discovered Mel through a Facebook group which followed by stalking her following her on Snapchat and fell in love with her personality instantly! She is real, no BS, full time hustler and also a fellow Chobani lover!
This lady has some great determination, I tell ya! She decided to enrol into a bikini competition whilst working as a full time lawyer - which is I have decided that she is the perfect Inspiration Insider feature! She makes health & fitness fit her lifestyle; she doesn't have 5 hours a day to workout and cook; she's just like everyone of us - staying healthy & active while hustling!
Inspiration Insider: Mel Storey Scott, aka The Lean Lawyer!
1. Tell me a little about yourself and your blog.
Hi, I’m Mel Storey Scott. I’m 28 and a newlywed living in sunny Brisbane. I work as a Corporate Lawyer in the aviation industry. My role is quite broad and I never know what will come across my desk from each day. I am asked to provide legal advice and assistance on pretty much any issue except something involving family or criminal law.
Over the last year, I have found a new passion for weight lifting! I begun training for my first bodybuilding competition back in February and finally took to the stage on 26 September. I have been blogging about my journey, the highs and the lows and all of the lessons learnt along the way (there have been many to share). Blending my competition preparation into my demanding corporate life was challenging but with the support of my awesome husband, family and colleagues, I made it through in one piece.
You can be find my blog at www.pearlsandprotein.net. I’ve really enjoyed having a creative outlet as it’s such a change of pace to write with fun, flair and hashtags and not in my usual “serious lawyer” style.
2. How did you get into the world of health and fitness and find your way to where you currently are?
I hadn’t really exercise super seriously until August 2015 when I started the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation (12WBT). My goal at the time was to lose a few kilograms and my “lovely layer of lifestyle” before my wedding. #SheddingForTheWedding
I learnt a lot during the program. I learnt how to cook more like an adult and not a university student. I learnt about the composition of food and the best ways and times our bodies need fuel to perform at their best. I also started to remove some of the emotional attachments I had to food. I’m not perfect with this and still can’t shake some old habits but I’ve learnt to modify them. As an example, I’ve downsized my morning coffee from a large flat white to a piccolo latte to avoid all the milk while still enjoying a lovely ritual.
The program was a great base to build on with my next challenge…. a bikini model competition!
3. So, you are on the #legalhustle by day - what makes you decide to go on a bikini competition?
The idea came to me while I was sitting by pool on our honeymoon. I thought, “What is going to be my next fitness challenge?" "what kind of exercise do I love doing?” On reflection, I realised that I really loved the lifting weights!
So I did what I do best and started researching! Powerlifting….Bodybuilding. I looked at YouTube videos and saw that I could combine the drama and theatre of performing on the stage with the challenge of sculpting your body and building lean muscle.
I also realised that there was more to these kind of competitions than golden spray tans and bulging muscles. The bikini models looked lean, strong and healthy. I thought “Why not me? I’m willing to do the work!”
It really pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged some perceptions that people close to me may have held (Mel competing as a bikini model?!?) but you know what...... YOLO!
4. We all know how challenging prep life is. How do you fit the #preplife within your professional life?
I can probably sum up a successful comp prep in three words: Preparation, Consistency and Discipline.
Firstly. Don't underestimate the power of meal prep. Meal prep makes the dream work and it keeps me on track no matter what the day brings. I batch up my meals and cook most of them Sunday afternoon so I am ready for the week. It saves time in the kitchen and money on last minute takeaway after a busy day where you don’t feel like cooking.
I’ve also had to increase my discipline at work too. Working in an office presents you with some unique challenges. I usually say no to morning tea at meetings and bring my own snacks instead. I grab a sparkling water instead of a sparkling wine at networking events. When it’s a colleague's birthday, I will enjoy a piece of cake but not go back for seconds (or thirds…it’s happened….)
These new habits have taken time to develop. I used to be all about the banana bread and canapés (and third helpings of birthday cake).
It really helped being open with my boss and my team about my new goal and what the preparation involved. They were all really supportive and didn’t pass judgment on my change in eating habits (and saying no to delicious banana bread). As I got closer to the big day, they really had my back and helped me keep perspective.
Awesome colleagues can make all the difference.
Editor's Note: Kudos to Mel for resisting all the banana bread temptations!Also, another #mealprepninja in the club! I wasn't lying when I said meal prep is life changing. ;)
5. Take us through a day in your life OR a day on your plate.
Okay, a typical week day looks like this:
- Wake up 5am
- Gym from 5.30 – 6.30am (I like to get up and get it down bright and early!)
- Coffee and a bit of instagramming 6.30 – 7am
- Facetime call from our gorgeous Nephew (a very active toddler who brightens out day)
- Get ready for work
- Eat Meal 1 (Protein Oats) on the way to work while listening to podcasts
- Start another day on the legal hustle
- Eat Meal 2 (Low Fat Smooth Ricotta on cruskits with cinnamon)
- Eat Meal 3 (Chicken mince salad in mountain bread wrap)
- Eat Meal 4 (Apple, Almonds and A protein shake)
- Home time!
- Eat Meal 5 with Husband (dinner varies but typically something like salmon and veges or chicken stir-fry)
- Eat Meal 6 (Chobani yoghurt with raspberries)
- Netflix and chill / blogging / random internet shopping
- Sleep before 10pm
You’ll see that I eat a lot but splitting up my meals across the day works well with my metabolism.
6. Do you have a favourite homemade / to-go-to recipe you would like to share with us?
Absolutely! I can’t go past Protein Pancakes with Chobani Plain Greek Yoghurt and fresh blueberries. It fits my competition meal plan (but is still a favourite breakfast post-competition too) and is high in protein to keen me fuller for longer.
Another “must try” recipe for a healthy treat is The Merrymaker Sister’s Raw Paleo Salted Caramel Slice. Seriously. It’s a game changer.
7. What is your ideal workout to move your body.
I love Leg Day! I like to take on Leg Day on a Monday, to get the blood pumping for a new week.
Leg Day includes squats in the squat rack, single dumbbell sumo squats, leg press and walking lunges with dumbbells. They are big, heavy compound movements with 60 seconds rest between each set for a maximum of three sets. I’ll be done and dusted in 40 minutes, followed by some stretching and foam rolling to help with recovery.
I also love yoga for balance, meditation and to give myself time to focus on my breathing and clearing my mind before a big day on the hustle.
Editor's Note: Mel knows it and Mel does it well. Never skip leg day ;)
8. What is your view on health & fitness? Do you live by any particular food or training philosophy?
Despite what some sections of the health and fitness industry would have us all believe, we can in fact love our bodies while improving them at the same time. Each of us is a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously. Our bodies are wonderful machines that respond exactly how they were designed to.
My daily mantras:
- Nourish your body with proper fuel and nutrition.
- Move because you love your body and not because you hate it.
- Keep it simple.
- Focus on progress not perfection.
- Be kind to yourself. You are doing the best that you can.
Editor's Note: I have written them down on my Bullet Journal. You should too! Great mantras - sometimes all we need is simple reminders like this. :)
9. What tip or advice would you give to anyone who is looking to live a healthier and fitter life?
I am firm believer in the power of good habits and that consistency is truly the key to achieving any goal. Start where you are, with what you have and just take it one meal at a time, one workout at a time and one day at a time.
Understand, with clarity, what your goals actually are. What are you trying to achieve, what does health like look and feel like to you. When do you want to achieve your goals? Write it down. I believe that no goal can become a reality until it is written down and spoken aloud.
Be consistent. Achieving your goals takes time but one thing is for sure, the time will pass anyway so you may as well have something to show for it.
One quick tip: use the Click & Collect services at Woolworths. It’s free and saves so much time if you are able to organise your shopping list and pre order your weekly groceries online.
10. Could you also give some advice to anyone who is considering joining the bikini comp and what should they expect?
Do your research and find a reputable and reliable coach in your area. Ask for recommendations from girls who have already competed.
When I was doing my own research, Cleo Brown at the Olympia Body Transformation Gym came up time and time again. I met with her and fell in love with her sustainable and flexible approach. She is educated, intelligent and realistic. She is honest and does not perpetuate any crazy, drastic or unhealthy practices in her competition preparation program. Her program aligned with my values and was achievable. No crazy carb cycling. No calorie deficits. Just solid IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) nutrition and training that is smarter, not harder.
Expect it to be more expensive than you might have first thought. The heels, the tan, the hair and makeup, the entry fees, the coaching, the gym membership, the protein powder and other supplements you might want tor try, the extra food..... it all adds up. Again, do your research and make sure this commitment won’t blow your budget.
Peak Week is different for everyone but I personally found it challenging to maintain a high level of intense focus at work during peak week. I ended up taking a few days of leave. I didn’t want to be unprofessional and carb depletion = Zombie Mel. Plan to take some time off work if you can, just in case you are low in energy and lacking the focus usually required.
Bring your friends, family and colleagues along for the ride. Hopefully, they’ll provide lots of support for your goal and even if they don’t fully understand it, they’ll respect you for it. It takes hard work and discipline and you might be surprised by who you inspire along the way.
Editor's Note: I'm a huge fan of IIFYM and it's probably the most sustainable "diet" or way of eating out there. No restrictions, no dieting!
11. Pluggin time! All your social media channels for some stalking actions and of course any exciting projects / offers you would like to share with Eat This Burn That's readers?
If you would like to connect professionally, search Melissa Storey Scott on LinkedIn.
Also, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything you’d like to ask me. I’d love to help if I can.
Editor's Note: If you are a fan of snapchat - definitely check out The Lean Lawyer on snapchat too!
Thank you so much, Mel for providing such a great insight into your fitness journey and so many takeaways for our readers! Congratulations again for hitting a new milestone by going on stage!
I hope you guys enjoyed this feature as much as I do.
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